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FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY
Carrageenan is a group of important food polysaccharides with high structural heterogeneity. Furcellaran is a typical hybrid carrageenan, which contains the structure consisted of alternative beta-carrageenan and kappa-carrageenan motifs. Although several furcellaran-hydrolyzing enzymes have been characterized, their specificity for the glycosidic linkage was still unclear. In this study, we cloned, expressed, and characterized a novel GH16_13 furcellaran-hydrolyzing enzyme Cgbk16A_Wf from the marine bacterium Wenyingzhuangia fucanilytica CZ1127. Cgbk16A_Wf exhibited its maximum activity at 50 degrees C and pH 6.0 and showed high thermal stability. The oligosaccharides in enzymatic products were identified by liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. It was confirmed that Cgbk16A_Wf specifically cleaves the beta-1,4 linkages between beta-carrageenan and kappa-carrageenan motifs from non-reducing end to reducing end. Considering the structural heterogeneity of carrageenan and for the unambiguous indication of the specificity, we recommended to name the furcellaran-hydrolyzing activity represented by Cgbk16A as beta kappa-carrageenase instead of furcellaranase.
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National Key R&D Program of China [2018YFC0311203]; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central UniversitiesFundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities 
Cao, Siqi; Zhang, Yuying; Chen, Guangning; Shen, Jingjing; Han, Jin; Chang, Yaoguang; Xiao, Hang; and Xue, Changhu, "Cloning, Heterologous Expression, and Characterization of a βκ-Carrageenase From Marine Bacterium Wenyingzhuangia funcanilytica: A Specific Enzyme for the Hybrid Carrageenan–Furcellaran" (2021). FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY. 69.